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ADVOCACY WEEK 2017

ARAB AMERICAN LEADERSHIP DAYS 
Advocating for Justice 
Washington, D.C. April 26-28, 2017 

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Poster campaign encourages Brooklyn to support Arab neighbors

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NNAAC welcomes Ahmad Abuznaid as new Director

We are pleased to announce the addition of Ahmad Nabil Abuznaid, Esq. as Director of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), an ACCESS institution.

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As a licensed attorney, Abuznaid co-founded and served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Florida-based nonprofit Dream Defenders, an organization comprised of communities in struggle that was formed in the aftermath of the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Through his work with Dream Defenders, Abuznaid—who also served as the organization’s organizer and Legal and Policy Director prior to climbing the ranks to COO—helped lead the fight to end mass incarceration, police brutality and zero tolerance policies in Florida schools.

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Emergency Town Halls & Teach-Ins

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Our members across the country are continuing to organize TAKE ON HATE Emergency Town Halls to prepare and respond to Trump’s agenda.

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Trump’s ban on Muslims, shut down of borders criminalize our communities

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Our country is a nation of diverse communities with people of all identities and backgrounds.  Through our constitution and our core American values of freedom and equality,  we promise to protect all people no matter their ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, or gender. When these values are not upheld, we must call out the hate and discrimination and stand up for those who are unjustly targeted.

The Trump administration is turning bigoted rhetoric that was the foundation of Trump’s presidential campaign into bigoted policy, less than a week into holding office. The ban on Muslims and shut down of our borders are the first steps in a Trump-era agenda that criminalizes entire communities based on their nationality and origin. In this country, we do not ban, register, or deport people based on their background or identity. We are better than state-sanctioned bigotry.

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NNAAC Fellow Amani Nassir: I want to make a difference

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program develops crucial leadership skills in select university students and recent graduates across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Amani Muthanna Nassir, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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NNAAC Fellow Helwa Saleh: I want to create equality among people

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program develops crucial leadership skills in select university students and recent graduates across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Helwa Saleh, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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NNAAC Fellow Husam Marajda: I want to decolonize the movie industry

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program develops crucial leadership skills in select university students and recent graduates across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Husam Marajda, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with him below.

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NNAAC Fellow Yasmeen Azam: I want to revive "radical" compassion

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program develops crucial leadership skills in select university students and recent graduates across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Yasmeen Azam, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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NNAAC Fellow Rani Allan: I want to develop empowering spaces for our communities

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program develops crucial leadership skills in select university students and recent graduates across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Rani Allan, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with him below.

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